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Match preview: Boreham Wood

9 August 2019

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The Spireites travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday, looking to claim their first three points of the season. Here is our big match preview...

Tickets: 

Tickets for the game are available here.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £19

Senior citizens: £14

U16s: £9

U12s: £6

For True Blue Travel booking details, please click here.

Team News: 

Both Haydn Hollis and Laurence Maguire returned from injury to start on Tuesday night. Strikers Anthony Spyrou and Tom Denton, as well as defender Anthony Gerrard, are still unavailable for selection.

Opposition

The Manager: Luke Garrard

Starting as a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur, Garrard went on to make his professional debut for Swindon Town in 2003. His playing career also saw him feature for Bishop’s Stortford, Northwood, AFC Wimbledon and Boreham Wood.

Garrard had two spells at Boreham Wood, making over 100 appearances before taking over as manager in October 2015, making him the youngest manager inside England’s top five leagues at the age of 33.

He led the Wood to an FA Cup second round appearance during the 2017/18 season as well as a play-off spot, where they lost against Tranmere Rovers in the final.

Boreham Wood finished last term just above the relegation places in 20thspot, eight points above the drop zone.

One to Watch: Keiran Murtagh

Murtagh joined Boreham Wood from Woking in June 2017, signing a two-year-deal with the club.

The 30-year-old is an Antigua and Barbuda international and has scored five goals in 22 appearances for his country. 

The midfielder made over 100 appearances for Woking after beginning his career in the youth academy at Charlton Athletic.

The 28-year-old left the Valley for Fisher Athletic without making a senior appearance, but a year later he returned to the Football League after joining League One side Yeovil Town.

Short spells with Wycombe Wanderers and Cambridge United followed before moving to Macclesfield Town, where he scored twice in just under 40 appearances.

Having previously had three loan spells with the Cardinals, Murtagh signed permanently for Woking following a year-long stint at Mansfield Town.

He went on to make over 110 appearances at the Kingfield Stadium, notching seven goals.

The midfielder has started the new season strongly, scoring twice late on against Wrexham to clinch a dramatic comeback on Tuesday night.

Head to Head

Chesterfield have come up against Boreham Wood on two occasions (both last season), losing their first meeting at Meadow Park. However, the Spireites got the better of the Hertfordshire club in their last encounter, securing a 3-2 victory at the Proact.

From the Dugout

John Sheridan said: “It’s a funny old league. I’ve looked at the results the other night and everyone beats everyone.

“Everyone that won last Saturday more or less lost during the week so we can only look at ourselves and concentrate on ourselves. I know we’re good enough and anyone who watched us the other night will know we’re a good team.”

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- Providing reaction from the game on the official website


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